Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end. Will the day's journey take the whole long day? From [morn]1 to night, my friend. But is there for the night a resting place? A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. May not the darkness hide it from my face? You cannot miss that inn. Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? Those who have gone before. Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? They will not keep you [standing]2 at that door. Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? Of labour you shall find the sum. Will there be beds for me and all who seek? [Yes]3, beds for all who come.
First published in Macmillan's Magazine, February 18611 F. Rzewski: "noon"
2 F. Rzewski: "waiting"
3 F. Rzewski: "Yea"
- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), "Up-Hill" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Juliana Hall (b. 1958), "Up-Hill" [ soprano and piano ], from Christina's World -- 5 Songs for Soprano and Piano on Poems by Christina Rossetti, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Humphrey Procter-Gregg (1895 - 1980), "Up-hill" [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "Up-hill", from The Nantucket Songs, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938), "Uphill", 1996-2002 [ voice and piano ], from The Road: a novel for solo piano, no. 60 [sung text checked 1 time]
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